By Harry Sykes
Everton have been given a major boost in their hopes of signing Napoli striker Manolo Gabbiadini, according to a report.
Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that talks between the clubs have been revived as the Italian outfit could sign Fiorentina forward Nikola Kalinic without offering Gabbiadini in part-exchange.
Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport had reported that Napoli had offered £8.5million plus Gabbiadini for Kalinic in what appeared a terminal blow to Everton’s hopes of landing the Italy international.
Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis was waiting for a £21.5million bid for Gabbiadini from Everton, but it was slow to materialise and the deal appeared over.
But transfer expert Di Marzio has now stated that Napoli “really want” Kalinic and could sign him in a straight cash deal.
This has opened the door for Everton to make another move for Gabbiadini and it is now the decisive hours in the Merseyside club’s hopes of signing the 24-year-old.
The report follows claims from Sport Italia television expert Ifredo Pedulla on his website on Tuesday that talks between Everton and Napoli had begun for Gabbiadini.
The Goodison Park club are keen to bring in a forward, as Ronald Koeman looks to give main man Romelu Lukaku some competition.
Gabbiadini, 24, has scored 20 goals in 61 appearances for Napoli since his move in January 2015, including four goals in just six Europa League matches last season.
The striker, who graduated through Atlanta’s youth academy, has also scored one goal in his six appearances for the Italy national team, which came through a strike against Romania in 2015.
The Italian striker has three years left on his current contract at the Serie A side.
In other Everton transfer news, Arsenal have hijacked the Toffees move for prolific Spanish striker Lucas Perez.